126 LETTERS FROM THE with the consent of her mother and guardians ; but soon after their return from the wedding, she disappeared, leaving a message for her bride- groom, that she meant to be divorced the next day, as she had only married to get out of her mother's clutches. I must tell you another trait: a young man and woman were attached to each other, but could not marry because they had not a shilling. There was an old aunt of the girl's who had a great deal of money, and who was in love with the young man. He encouraged her passion, and at last consented to become her husband on con- dition she made over all her property to him on their marriage. She did so; they were married, and her fortune put in his power. No sooner was this done than he abandoned her, procured a divorce, and married her niece. The Blue Nuns are quiet in their house, and live upon what they can earn. Lord Malmesbury is extremely attentive to me, and I hope I may be able to do him an essential service by bringing Sir Sidney Smith's affair to a proper determination. I have every reason to expect I shall succeed. The French ministers are exceedingly softened, and I believe that I shall to-morrow have leave to see him.